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Experiencing NYC in a Wheelchair.

Hi guys, last week was a pretty exciting one! I went to New York for the Voge Fashion Runway show during NY Fashion Week which was such a dream come true for me. I also decided to stay a few extra days to enjoy the city and work in other projects about inclusion, empowerment, etc, in the place that never sleeps.
I wanted to share with you my experience, the amazing collaborationss I did, the places I went to, the Fashion Show and accessibility in the city.

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View of the Show

I stayed at Wyndham Garden Chinatown Hotel in Soho, it was very nice and pretty accessible! They have lift to the lobby and wheelchair friendly rooms.

Mariana travelled from Brazil to there to meet me so we could film for the new youtube channel is coming soon called: gowomenplay. She is an entrepreneur with a dream of empowering women and also a great friend of mine. We explored some cute coffee shops and talked about the change we want to bring into the world. I can’t wait for you guys to see it! I also had the pleasure to work again with Kyle and Liam (from the Share Your Stroke of Genius project). I filmed for my Youtube channel and we got some pictures around the city and decided on a few new steps, so there is much exciting content coming up and I know you guys are going to love it!

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Share Your Stroke of a Genius

I travelled all around New York. I went to Times Square where you feel like everything is possible and  I also visited the Statue of Liberty. It was great; the boat that takes you there has a big space for wheelchairs. It is super accessible and I really recommend it! And you cannot go to NYC without going for a roll in Central Park. I must say a big thank you to Junior for being the guide/photographer and friend on this trip.

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Statue of Liberty NY

I went to Central Station to take photos and ended up having a great unexpected collaboration with W Magazine!! How crazy is that?!  I can’t wait to see the pictures from this one too.

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Collaboration with W Magazine

I crossed the bridge to Brooklyn for a collaboration with GV @gv_bkent and met his producer James @atruthmusik for a podcast with them, it was my first experience in a studio and it was a pleasure to meet him and share experiences. This type of experience are very constructive.

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Recording with James – GV producer

Let’s talk accessibility! In general the level of accessibility in New York is similar to London, you have some stations that are accessible but others in between that are not.  One thing that I can’t go without saying is that the signage inside the stations is just not great. You may easily get lost in there which is not acceptable. Street crossing is not perfect, one side is accessible but on the other side has a step which makes it very dangerous as also does London.

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Tube station NYC

About the Fashion Show!! I was modelling for Vinnette Grant, I absolutely loved the dress and all the pieces she designed. This fashion show was a part of an event held by Voge Fashion Runway. Thanks to everyone involved. Special thanks to Mariana and Kyle for their friendship and positive thinking in making great changes in the world, Liam Alexander and Junior for the many amazing photos, and to Gunda Hafner, Rua Luja and Caroline London for the amazing outfits I wore on this trip that kept me comfortable and fashionable.

Samanta Bullock Voge Runway NY
Samanta Bullock Voge Runway NY

Now I am moving towards the nexts goals and I hope you are doing the same, nothing can stop you from doing something you love. Work hard and you can accomplish anything! I am putting a vlog on on my youtube channel very soon. Keep tuned. Any questions you might have about accessibility feel free to ask in the comments or on my social media.

mobileWomen.org Article on How I Deal with the Tough Times.

mobileWomen.org Article on How I Deal with the Tough Times.

Hi guys

I have been featured in an article from mobilewomen.org called “Pushing for inclusion – Samanta Bullock’s mission”. Here’s a chance to know me and my story a little bit better.

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mobile women.org

I have answered some questions where I talk about how I deal with the tough times with some advice for someone with a recent injury or disability, as well as sharing some exciting future projects. I opened up about my background as a tennis player and a model, my passions and motivations, and so much more!

My disability hasn’t stopped me from chasing my dreams and neither should yours. I am on a journey to make fashion more accessible to everyone, and to create a positive impact in the world. Disabled people have the right to be represented and treated as equal.

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mobile women.org

It was lovely to share my story with mobilewomen.org. They are doing such a great work expanding horizons for women in wheelchairs. On the website you can find information on topics like health, sexuality, parenting, fashion and others. They are building an online community where people with disabilities can come together to share and learn from one another. There is even a forum where women across the world can share their ideas on different issues, a place to ask questions and get answers. 

To get to know more about my journey and mobilewomen.org visit http://www.mobilewomen.org/2019/01/pushing-for-inclusion-samanta-bullocks.html

Much love, Sam

ADAPTDEFY Samanta Bullock Pic by Ange Harper

ADAPTDEFY! People who have not only adapted, but have gone beyond

WHEELCHAIR USER MIKE BROWN- THE FOUNDR OF ADAPTDEFY
MIKE BROWN- THE FOUNDR OF ADAPTDEFY

I hope 2019 has started well.  I am sure it will be the year of awareness about inclusion and more and more people will join our cause or start something good. Surprises are on the way. 

I mainly came here to talk about a project that was launched last week and I am so happy to be involved with.  It is called Adaptdefy. It is a podcast talking about disabled people and how they are living full lives.

This idea came from Mike Brown who lives in New Zealand and became a wheelchair user a few years ago. He spent many years as an alpinist and yachtsman. He is also an entrepreneur driven to do good in the world.

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MIKE BROWN- THE FOUNDR OF ADAPTDEFY

He has  two current startup companies, adaptdefy and urigo and is the father of a 9 month old boy. Luckily for him he had inspirational disabled people to learn from and understand and develop different ways to do things. Social media is amazing in giving us the information we need and the motivation to live a more complete life. Mike is a husband, a father and an active guy that does not want to stop doing things. He is is willing to learn adaptive ways to to enable him to do activities and he will also share with us.

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MIKE BROWN – FOUNDER OF ADPTDEFY

We recorded a pod cast at the end of last year while I was on holiday in Brazil. I was overwhelmed to see the website and all the interviews he has put together showing so many fantastic experiences from many different  people.

The definition of Adaptdefiers is People who have not only adapted, but have gone beyond and defied what they & others thought was possible

They included Joe Stone, Jezza Williams, Fillipe Kizu Lima, Darrul Tait, Tanelle Bolt and Ira Edwards.  You will have a taste of many activities such as fishing and skiing. 

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MIKE BROWN SKIING

I would love for you to hear my interview with an open heart and to listen to the podcasts of all these amazing people that are sharing their stories to give you information and change lives, and also to know more about Mike and his vision.

We hope we can help you and if you know someone that would benefit from this podcast don’t hesitate to share it. We are a strong community and as I always say “together we can”.

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ARE YOU AN ADAPTDEFIER? PICT BY MICHAEL ATKINSON

Website: https://adaptdefy.com

Ig: ADAPTDEFY

Transition lenses at Eye Works London

Why I Chose Eye Works & Transitions Lenses

Transition lenses at Eye Works London
Transitions lenses at Eye Works London

Everyone desires natural 20/20 vision, but millions of people around the world require glasses or contact lenses to see clearly. Glasses are probably the most common, though. Now, if you’re a part of the unfortunate percentage that need them, you probably have concerns over your appearance.

You see, people often assume that wearing glasses dents your fashion and beauty, especially the younger generation. But, believe me, glasses can really complement your look and obviously aid your vision, which is the most important thing. If you’re prescribed them, make sure you search around for a pair that truly matches your unique style and feel comfortable.

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Transitions lenses at Eye Works London

I’m someone that has needed glasses for many, many years. As I’ve got older, the frequency of my checks has increased to ensure that my eyes are healthy and I have the correct glasses. So, on the latest occasion, I chose to book an appointment with Eye Works – an independent optician based in London.

One of the factors that attracted me to them was that they utilise fully modern equipment to guarantee your eyes and vision are well looked after. Of course, as with any eye check, it includes thorough testing to assess absolutely everything. Once my examinations were finished, I was informed that everything was perfectly fine. Phew!

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Transitions lenses at Eye Works London

Then I was led to the glasses and sunglasses section of the store, which is my favourite part. Why? Because I get to upgrade my glasses and choose a brand-new style. But, the most exciting thing about the Eye Works glasses is that they manufacture their glass using the latest Transitions lenses.

I selected a pair that suited me best and was amazed when I noticed the colour of the lenses change depending on the lighting. The Transitions lenses are actually available in a variety of different colours to begin with though, which is brilliant. On top of that, the lenses are adaptable to work effectively with both near and far vision. 

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Transitions lenses at Eye Works London

Not only was I super-impressed with how phenomenal they look, but I also appreciate how beneficial they are when it comes to my vision. It’s fair to say I’m making the most out of them.

In terms of my overall experience with Eye Works, it was a great one. All of the staff – including the optician – were extremely friendly, positive and dealt with me wonderfully. So, if you’re looking to enhance your glasses with Transitions lenses or you’re in need of a quality opticians in London, check out Eye Works.

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Transitions lenses at Eye Works London

If you want to find either of them on social media, here you are:

@transitionsopticaluk    https://www.transitions.com 

@eyeworks_london

I hope you have a fantastic year. Much Love Sam